Skateboards: A Gnarly Material for Rad Upcycling, Dude!
February 4, 2011 by recyclingzychal
Hey- did you know that old used and broken skate decks are piling up in landfills these days? It doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering that American skateboarding companies alone are producing around 100k skateboards a month! So what can you do with your old wheels once they’ve retired?
From riding the city streets to functional and aesthetic apartment chic, skateboards have been a popular material of choice for upcyclers all over the world. Here are a few of my selected favorites!
Skate Dog Studios makes awesome upcycled skateboard pet feeders for your pooch
Skate Study House works exclusively with skateboard repurposing, their Astro Clock is made from 12 skate wheels and incorporates pieces of the deck as well
The Godfather Skate Lounge is another masterpiece from Skate Study House. This is a perfect example of how trash can become treasure to those who are creative enough for the challenge
This skateboard staircase was custom made for Roarockit Skateboard School in my favorite city in North America, Toronto.
Kris Lovett is a designer who has a knack for tackling the repurposing of old skate decks, these are some very nice tube caps that he made from the reclaimed wood. This has Sexy Upcycling written ALL OVER IT. So stylish, so functional, perfect!
Kris also created these super gorgeous RePly Sandals from the durable layered wood. I LOVE these, they don't even look upcycled, they look like something from the runways of Milan!
As simple as this is, I love the idea behind this post-it note holder from Blend Collecif. How great of a napkin holder would this make if it were just a LITTLE bigger?
Lindsay Jo Holmes is an upcycler after my own heart. Her company Maple XO makes AMAZING creations from reclaimed decks. Check out these must have bicycle wheel fenders, GENIUS! Can we be besties Lindsay?
Maple XO also teamed up with Grove to make super limited edition iPhone4 Cases- Are these not the most amazing things you have ever seen in your life?! Sexy Upcycling ALL THE WAY!